Staying Healthy this Summer Travel Season

The Summer Travel Season is upon us!  Are you planning on traveling overseas this summer?  If so, there are a few things you need to consider. During your pre-planning, its easy to think, “I’ll just look online or hop on over to the Doc-in-a-Box and they’ll tell me everything I need to know to keep from getting sick.”

That’s not always the case!

A study published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that travel clinics missed giving the measles vaccine to about half of eligible travelers.  For nearly a third of the missed cases, doctors or nurses simply didn’t offer the vaccine, even though measles is a problem in many parts of the world, including Western Europe and Mexico.  A traveler can be very easily exposed to measles around the world. The risk is very real.

With international trave it’s best to figure out what you need before you go to the clinic or your doctor and tell them exactly what it is you do need!

Here are just two tips to help you stay healthy while traveling:

1. Take the Pepto! 

The most common malady while traveling overseas you’re most likely to suffer is:  FOOD POISONING.  About a 25% of travelers will get gastrointestinal ‘distress’ within the first two weeks of an international trip.  Your best defense against this is both cheap and safe – Pepto Bismol.

Back in 1987, a study found that two tablets of Pepto Bismol tablets, taken four times a day, cut the risk of traveler’s diarrhea by more than 60 percent. The pills dropped the risk from 40 percent to only 14 percent.

If you do get sick, the pink pills may come in handy as the active ingredient, Bismuth Subsalicylate, can shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, and is a good alternative to antibiotics.

2. Remember the Routine Vaccines.

There’s a good chance you might need a vaccine prior to your travels – even if you’re just headed for a quick trip to Europe or the U.K.

The CDC recommends that all international travelers be up to date on routine vaccines, no matter the destination. Routine immunizations are the ones we get as children. The list is long. It includes about a dozen vaccines, everything from the pneumonia and whooping cough vaccines to those for Hepatitis A and B.  When you add onto this list any shots recommended for your specific destination, the list of possible vaccines can get complicated.

Plus, the CDC’s recommendations often get updated. Just a few weeks ago, the agency officially started recommending the cholera vaccine for travelers headed to places with ongoing outbreaks. And last month, they warned of a potential yellow vaccine shortage.

To make sure your clinician gets the list right for your specific trip, we recommend using the CDC’s new travel app, called Trav Well.

Users type their destination and time of travel into the app, and it tells them what they need to do to prepare.

So, travel safe this summer season and please do not hesitate to contact SHAFFER SECURITY GROUP if you have any questions about safety and security concerns for your summer travel plans.


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